By R. M. Ogilvie
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To my wisdom, this has turn into the traditional statement for the 1st five books of Livy. it really is a laugh to learn a number of the modern reviews--none of which have been altogether favorable. them all appeared skeptical of the length--as an identical sized observation on all extant books of Livy could run over 7000 pages. The longest assessment i may locate, years after ebook, in simple terms criticized the fairly brief advent, and frankly had now not regarded a lot extra on the statement itself!
Here's an excerpt from a evaluation discussing the breadth of Ogilvie's scholarship:
Abundant observation on
political heritage and prosopography is furnished,
as a truly helpful complement to Livy's political
inexperience, his moralizing bent, and his not
unjustified perspective that the early background of Rome
is mythical at top. substantial cognizance is
paid to Roman religion-again an important emphasis
in view of Livy's tendency to straddle between
his personal desire to take faith heavily, and the
contemporary skepticism that observed piety as an
affectation for political purposes.
Review by way of: Alfred C. Schlesinger
The Classical magazine, Vol. sixty one, No. 6 (Mar., 1966)
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Rome was a great city both as a physical entity and as a world-power. From the very outset L. stresses the strength of the city (9. 1 iam res Romana adeo erat valida; cf. 11. 4, 21. 6) and reiterates its increasing size (8. 4 crescebat interim urbs; cf. 9. 10, 30. 1, 33. 9, 35. 7, 37. r, 44. 5). R o m e early became and remained a great city. And corresponding to her physical greatness was an imperial greatness. R o m e was to be, as L. is at pains to repeat, caput rerum (16. 7, 45. 3, 55. 6). Book r also adumbrates the other themes which form the dominant threads in the later four books.
FiL Class. 29 (1951), 1 ff. 1. 1-3. The Legend of Antenor Nothing is known historically or archaeologically about the Euganei who were supposed to inhabit in classical times the sub-alpine regions above the Po valley. A number of inscriptions from the Val Camonica dating from later than c. G. have been adduced as evidence of the Euganean language, for Cato ap. H. 3. 134 listed the Camunia as part of the Euganean people. T h e language is Italic, having a closer relationship with the Latin-Faliscan group than with the Osco-Umbrian.
L. uses neither form elsewhere. 1. 9. penates: 1. 10 n. 1. 10. Lavinium'. L. 14. 2067-8) with the modern Pratica di Mare. T h e relation of the ager Laurens and the people known as Laurentes to the city of Lavinium was obscure even in classical times. No town of Laurentum is attested in inscriptions, itineraries, or historical sources (but cf. Steph. Byz. v. ^vreia), but the adjective Laurens denotes a people as early as the first Cartha ginian treaty (Polybius 3. 22. 11 with Walbank's note: apevrlvajv as emended) and the Arician League (Gato fr.